Spring Maintenance Suggestions for Roofing and Waterproofing

Due to the invisible existence of roofing and exterior shell waterproofing, most of us do not think of our roofing needs until it rains and everything leaks – when it’s too late. The fall and winter are the most common times for this to happen. Is it, however, practical to think about roofing and waterproofing repairs in the spring and summer? If you’re looking for a good deal, the answer should be yes!
Let me paint you a picture of a roofing contractor’s life in the fall. All of the phone lines are lit in the office. Customers are demanding more bids than the company can handle. Labor and material costs have increased as a result of the increased demand. As a result of supply and demand, profit margins increase significantly. Increased recruiting to meet demand can result in less-experienced workers being assigned to the job site. ContractorsIn Roofing & Waterproofing has some nice tips on this.

In the spring and summer, on the other hand, you have the vendor’s full attention during your call. The contractor has the time to come out to inspect the property and give you a detailed estimate. The cost of labour is lower than during the busier months. Because he knows the market is more competitive, he will add a smaller margin to keep his best employees employed. The year-round staff are the ones that are doing your roofing work, and they aren’t in a hurry to finish so they can move on to the next project.
What other items of exterior shell maintenance should you consider before the rains come? Now that you know why doing roofing work in the spring and summer can provide a better value to your homeowners’ association, what other items of exterior shell maintenance should you consider before the rains come?

Perform siding/stucco repair
Costs are lower at this time of year, as they are for roofing, since it is before the fall rush. 90% of siding/stucco leaks, like roofing, occur in the top 10% of the wall area, most often at penetrations and termination points. Trained professionals can help prevent moisture infiltration, mould, and dry rot by properly maintaining the siding system. Spring bees and wasps that construct hives would be kept out with regular maintenance.
Over-watering should be avoided.
Excessive watering of planters and landscape areas near dwelling areas can cause moisture penetration at or near the soil level, causing stucco and siding to fail. Planter/garden areas immediately adjacent to living quarters are the most common exterior source of mould infestation. When mould appears around planter areas, it’s best to stop watering and have moisture intrusion repair and mould remediation started right away.

Window tracks should be kept clean.
Request that homeowners vacuum their sliding window tracks. During the next rains, it will aid in the elimination of moisture infiltration caused by weep-drainage blockage. Due to debris inside the frame, 30 to 50 percent of your homeowners’ sliding window track systems are likely to be completely or partially blocked in your association. Dust, airborne dirt, dead bugs, and spider webs can trigger this, as well as cigarette butts, toys, paint, and everything else you can think of. I’m no longer shocked by what I see clogging the window tracks after discovering fly larvae as the culprit in a messy condo unit years ago. A drainage system, consisting of an inside dam-bar, tracks, and weep channels, is installed on all sliding windows to enable moisture to escape. Leaking inside the wall is typical when debris as small as an ant partially clogs the channels or weep-holes..

Trees should be pruned
You can help prevent gutter and drainage problems in the fall by trimming back tree branches near the roof and deck areas of your house. It is recommended that you be as aggressive as your landscaping committee would allow during this phase. You would need to clean your drains, gutters, and downspouts less often if you cut your foliage effectively.
It’s also a good idea to remind homeowners in your next newsletter to keep their drains open and clear of leaves and debris, as well as to limit the number of potted plants on their balconies.
Winter is coming quickly. Have you had your roofs and siding inspected for preventative maintenance? Have you cut your foliage back? Is there any debris in your window tracks, roof, or patio drains? Now is the time to request a bid from your vendor, or you can wait until the winter rush.